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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.


2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Morty79 (3) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2004 does not count
I have read a lot of great reviews of this beer on this site, and heard much about chocolate stouts from friends. So maybe it was just built up to much for me but I was a bit disappointed by this beer. I bought it in a widget can, and in the glass it looked great with the head rising to the top creating that beautiful marble of foam. My first sip wasnt’ nearly as chocolaty as I expected. I thought maybe it was to cold. I let my beer warm up a bit and only then could I detect a faint aftertaste of chocolate. I am going to look for more chocolate stouts to compare and contrast.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carnival (20) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2004
I had this several years ago and I always talk about it. It is soooo tasty. The body was like a guiness, but the chocolate rounds it out a bit more. One of the best I have ever had. Really Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2004
0.5l bottle. Dark brown, tan head. Roasty but subdued aroma f burnt malt and chocolate. Big roasty flavor. Malt. Chocolate. Smooth and nice. Full body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Dark in color with a nice foamy head. Roasty and chocolatety. Full bodied. Nice light dry finish. Excellent. Drinkable. Smooth taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5198) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
Can: Poured a dark black beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Carbonation is very good with a lighter body then expected. Taste is very smooth with some roasted malts and chocolate taste with a light dry finish. This is a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. I remember having that beer about five years ago from a bottle and the chocolate taste was more pronounced. Overall, this is an easy to drink stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Excellent chocolate stout. Pours a very dark brownish black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is smooth and creamy, chocolatey and some mild fruitiness. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
I was pleasantly surprised at this smooth brew. Pours dark with a nice tan head that just hangs there through most of the beer. Slight chocolate malt aroma and a bit of sweetness. Just as smooth as silk going down. Very pronounced chocolate taste, with a slight bitter finish. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Purchased in an elegant looking 0.5 liter brown bottle with a regal purple label that exudes an upper crust, classy quality. When poured into an imperial pint glass, the body is deep brown in color and borders on the verge of being completely black, but indicates chocolate colored highlights when held up against the light. Other than the highlights at the edges, not much passes through the dense liquid. The head is a towering layer of foam, at least two inches thick initially, and has the color of a chocolate milk shake. After it dies down, it leaves a rich brown lace around the glass. The aroma is pretty mild, and the chocolate smell is clearly present, but does not overpower the other roasty aromas. Taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so. The chocolate is supplemented by flavors of raisin, rum, and dark roasted coffee. The aftertaste is dry, and has a bit of bitterness to it. The beer is a bit thin on the palette for a stout and has an earthy to chalky mouthfeel. A dark, mild beer, which pacifies your soul as it touches your mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2004
A new arrival to my local beer store. Pours a very dark color with a lasting, ruby-red head. Aroma is all chocolate. Taste is... surpsrisingly, all chocolate, but oh sooooo good. I’ve had quite a few stouts with ’chocolate’ on the label, but this is heads and shoulders above. Finish is somewhat sticky and biting, but every other chocolate stout I’ve ever had has been the same way. I don’t know why I’m still reviewing this beer... I need to put it down, go back to the store, and load up on as much of this stuff as I can. Awesome stout. Better than a milkshake.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
This beer is black. It smells of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is extremely smooth with the chocololate mingling with the malts. The hops are really difficult to notice in taste, but overall add a good balance. This is very simalar to brooklyn brewery’s chocolate stout. Excellent


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